Jones Day’s Brussels Office strengthens its Labor & Employment Practice

The global law firm Jones Day announced  that Sara Vanderstraeten has joined the Firm as of counsel in its Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Vanderstraeten is based in Jones Day’s Brussels Office. 

Ms. Vanderstraeten has 17 years of experience advising companies across multiple industrial sectors, based on her in-depth knowledge of employment, pension, and social security tax law. She advises clients on company restructurings and M&A transactions, including due diligence, works council consultation and negotiation procedures, post-deal integration projects, employee transfers, dismissals and plant closures.

“Sara has a proven track record of helping clients navigate complex employment law matters in Europe and worldwide,” said Liz McRee, who co-leads Jones Day’s Labor & Employment Practice. “She has experience advising clients on compensation and benefits, flexible reward, pension plans, international mobility, collective bargaining, whistleblowing and other day-to-day topics related to the employment lifecycle. This skill set complements the strengths of our global practice group and I am pleased to welcome her to Jones Day.”

Jones Day’s Labor & Employment Practice advises clients facing labor and employment challenges across a broad range of tribunals and jurisdictions.  Ms. Vanderstraeten joins a practice that has more than 130 lawyers across the globe and is top-rated annually by Chambers and Legal 500.  

“Sara is a highly respected member of the Brussels Bar and is well-known here as a valued lawyer who works on high-stakes matters involving key employment law issues,” said Alexandre Verheyden, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Brussels Office. “Our lawyers serve national and global clients with negotiating the European Union’s complex legal environment, as well as the laws and regulations in Belgium. Sara is an excellent addition to our team and I look forward to working with her in Brussels.” 

“Jones Day‘s Labor & Employment Practice has secured some of the most important legal victories for clients worldwide in employment law, including discrimination, harassment, compensation, reductions in force, and high-profile labor relations matters,” said Ms. Vanderstraeten. “The seamless integration of employment law practitioners around the world — as well as partnership with lawyers in other key practice areas, such as M&A and Business Restructuring & Reorganization — was especially attractive to me. I am honored to join this renowned firm and look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues in Brussels.”

Ms. Vanderstraeten earned her law degree from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. She is fluent in Dutch, French and English.